Hillary Clinton has no soul

by twit

is that too harsh? This is a story from February 1999, when Hillary was working on her first Senate campaign, one that we might imagine would require a fair amount of faking a “real” marriage with Bill.

You know, like one where you might be there with your spouse while their political fate is decided? Or maybe just a quick congratulatory call to say, see, I told you not to worry?

The article is pitching the anecdote as an illustration of her ‘iron focus’ on her political campaigns. I was struck by how inhuman it makes her appear, like she may understand how regular people go about their caring and sharing lives, but she’s not having any of it:

Both the loyalty and the focus were on display in February 1999, when the Senate voted not to remove Bill Clinton from office.

In the White House residence, Ickes and the first lady were poring over New York state maps in preparation for her Senate bid.

A call came in informing the first lady that her husband had been acquitted, Ickes recalled. “She puts down the phone and says, ‘Harold, we were talking about Buffalo.’ ”

With that, they went back to work.

the other icy frosting to the story is this snapshot from inside her current campaign for President:

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welcome to the future

by twit

From MSNBC on March 27, 2008:

The builders of the world’s biggest particle collider are being sued in federal court over fears that the experiment might create globe-gobbling black holes or never-before-seen strains of matter that would destroy the planet.


and maybe they have a point…

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it’s a MAD world

by lestro

I bought the new MAD magazine this week. I had to. The cover of the April issue purports “this entire issue written & drawn by monkeys!”

I buy MAD about every other month as it is because it is actually a more grown-up and sophisticated satire magazine than you might remember it being (in between the sophomoric toilet humor, of course). And the annual “20 dumbest people, events and things” issue is a must-read (in 2007, No. 1 was Mike Vick. No. 2 was George Bush breaks all-time presidential vacation record).

But look at that cover. How could I not plunk down a fin for it?

and the entire issue runs with the monkey theme. as the opening letter from the editor, Mr. Jingles, explains, the quality has been declining since 1956 and the publisher figured monkeys could do it as well and cheaper.

from there on out the issue is all monkeys all the time, through to the fold in. very amusing.

for more than 55 years, MAD has been parodying every aspect of American life, from pop culture to politics and aside from Alfred E. Neuman (a character so beloved we elected the human version president for two terms), the most identifiable feature of the magazine has been the fold-in, the sketch within a sketch that has graced the back cover of just about every issue since 1964.

In Sunday’s New York Times, there is an excellent profile of MAD legend and fold-in artist Al Jaffee, who has drawn by hand every single fold-in since he developed the idea as a parody of Playboy’s fold outs.

but even better than the profile is the interactive fold-in viewer. the fold-ins are genius – especially some of the work Jaffee did during Vietnam – and the technology is cool as well. check it out:

the latest in teen fashion

by twit

accessorize with storm troopers:

From the Associated Press and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on March 28, 2008:

Riot police officers arrest a demonstrator during a protest to mark the “Day of the Young Combatant” in Santiago, Friday. The Day of the Young Combatant commemorates the killing of two young brothers by police in a 1985 protest during the 1973-90 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

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painting elephants and other morning cartoons

by twit

an elephant paints an elephant:

your daily dose of weird shit:

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india goes salem all over their asses

by lestro

so I don’t know if you heard, but apparently the other day over in India they found a woman they believe to be a, uh, well, a witch:

Tiwary said Devi claimed to be a faith healer and was treating a mentally ill woman in the village. When the woman attempted to commit suicide, Devi was attacked by angry villagers, Tiwary said.

Everyone knows the way to tell if someone is a witch is if they’ll burn, like wood. and wood floats. and what else floats? Bread! Apples! Very small rocks! Mud! Churches! And a duck, of course.

But it seems they do things a bit differently in India:

He said Devi was tied to a tree with rope and repeatedly beaten. Her hair was then cut off and she was paraded through the village, Tiwary said. A video of the attack was aired Friday by New Delhi Television.

You catch that last bit? CNN goes deeper on that:

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breaking news: the sun is free

by twit

a solar furnace via kottke.org:


A solar furnace is a structure used to harness the rays of the sun in order to produce high temperatures. This is achieved by using a curved mirror (or an array of mirrors) acting as a parabolic reflector to concentrate light (Insolation) on to a focal point. The temperature at the focal point may reach up to 3,000 degrees Celsius, and this heat can be used to generate electricity, melt steel or make hydrogen fuel.”

and an ancient legend to go with it:

“In the 3rd century BC, Archimedes allegedly used a mirror to burn up the entire Roman fleet during the siege of Syracuse:

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